Land which was once free to use by the public is being privatised and users are being forced to pay

Speaking Out: Katy Andrews on privatisation of Lee Valley parkland

Speaking Out: Katy Andrews on privatisation of Lee Valley parkland

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Katy Andrews is an environmental activist and former vice-chair of the New Lammas Lands Defence Committee.

As a long campaigner for the protection and preservation of Leyton Marshes, this week Ms Andrews is speaking out on the history of the marshes and the growing privatisation of parts of Lee Valley park.

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11:49am Mon 31 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

I wholly support what Mrs. Andrews is fighting for and recommend a visit to the Hornbeam Cafe where you can pick up all kinds of information on the Marshes. Also, they sell lovely cake there, I think the chef may still be there with the long red dread locks who rides a bike. He makes a wonderful vegetarian lunch and often uses lentils which are wholesome with seeds.

Outside they sell organic vegetables produced from allotments with organic fertiliser. Also I think they still sell second hand paint and bike parts at bargain prices. Please support this facility, use it or lose it.
I wholly support what Mrs. Andrews is fighting for and recommend a visit to the Hornbeam Cafe where you can pick up all kinds of information on the Marshes. Also, they sell lovely cake there, I think the chef may still be there with the long red dread locks who rides a bike. He makes a wonderful vegetarian lunch and often uses lentils which are wholesome with seeds. Outside they sell organic vegetables produced from allotments with organic fertiliser. Also I think they still sell second hand paint and bike parts at bargain prices. Please support this facility, use it or lose it. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 0

1:30pm Mon 31 Mar 14

everoptimistic says...

Take the time to listen to Katy Andrews. She is right that so many things that were once free in this borough are being commercialised. Leave the Marshes alone. I believe that it is not just Labour who are involved in this. Perhaps a spokesperson from the Lib Dems would like to comment on why the golf club was not reinstated after the Olympics and why the Riding Centre is expanding onto public land.
Take the time to listen to Katy Andrews. She is right that so many things that were once free in this borough are being commercialised. Leave the Marshes alone. I believe that it is not just Labour who are involved in this. Perhaps a spokesperson from the Lib Dems would like to comment on why the golf club was not reinstated after the Olympics and why the Riding Centre is expanding onto public land. everoptimistic
  • Score: 4

2:13pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Sam Hain says...

If memory serves, the Leader of the Lib Dem Group on the council (all six of them!), Cllr Bob Siullivan, was on the board of LVRPA for many years. What did he ever do to halt what Ms Andrews complains of, I wonder? This strikes me as more naked Lib Dem political opportunism. Anyone would think here was an election pending. Oh...!
If memory serves, the Leader of the Lib Dem Group on the council (all six of them!), Cllr Bob Siullivan, was on the board of LVRPA for many years. What did he ever do to halt what Ms Andrews complains of, I wonder? This strikes me as more naked Lib Dem political opportunism. Anyone would think here was an election pending. Oh...! Sam Hain
  • Score: 1

2:30pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

everoptimistic wrote:
Take the time to listen to Katy Andrews. She is right that so many things that were once free in this borough are being commercialised. Leave the Marshes alone. I believe that it is not just Labour who are involved in this. Perhaps a spokesperson from the Lib Dems would like to comment on why the golf club was not reinstated after the Olympics and why the Riding Centre is expanding onto public land.
Labour have ruined or failed to save many a Borough treasure in recent years or intentional have closed the same or been negligent in the disposal of them.
[quote][p][bold]everoptimistic[/bold] wrote: Take the time to listen to Katy Andrews. She is right that so many things that were once free in this borough are being commercialised. Leave the Marshes alone. I believe that it is not just Labour who are involved in this. Perhaps a spokesperson from the Lib Dems would like to comment on why the golf club was not reinstated after the Olympics and why the Riding Centre is expanding onto public land.[/p][/quote]Labour have ruined or failed to save many a Borough treasure in recent years or intentional have closed the same or been negligent in the disposal of them. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Mon 31 Mar 14

lowriser says...

Sam Hain wrote:
If memory serves, the Leader of the Lib Dem Group on the council (all six of them!), Cllr Bob Siullivan, was on the board of LVRPA for many years. What did he ever do to halt what Ms Andrews complains of, I wonder? This strikes me as more naked Lib Dem political opportunism. Anyone would think here was an election pending. Oh...!
Exactly. Katy Andrews has previously stood in Waltham Forest for the Lib Dems and is presumably likely to be announced as a candidate again shortly in the forthcoming elections. Will the WF Guardian be carrying video messages from all candidates?
[quote][p][bold]Sam Hain[/bold] wrote: If memory serves, the Leader of the Lib Dem Group on the council (all six of them!), Cllr Bob Siullivan, was on the board of LVRPA for many years. What did he ever do to halt what Ms Andrews complains of, I wonder? This strikes me as more naked Lib Dem political opportunism. Anyone would think here was an election pending. Oh...![/p][/quote]Exactly. Katy Andrews has previously stood in Waltham Forest for the Lib Dems and is presumably likely to be announced as a candidate again shortly in the forthcoming elections. Will the WF Guardian be carrying video messages from all candidates? lowriser
  • Score: 7

9:40am Tue 1 Apr 14

Techno3 says...

I agree that the marshes should be left alone. But leaving them alone means leaving them alone. People should go there but should tread far more lightly. There should be no more of these naive fake 'green' art tables, poetry trail and mural projects - designed to soften the public up for the disneyfication of the area. Year after year the paths become wider and more permanent and the plant life more and more overmanaged and artificial. The trouble is, everyone thinks their well-meaning encroachment is an exception or an improvement, but all they do is encourage others to degrade the area. Only two days ago there were people openly camping there - pretending to be lovers of the wildlife in the area but actually turning it into an eyesore.

The marshes are regularly covered in littter and many of the remoter bushes are used by people (predominately, but not exclusively gay) engaging in sexual activities: they leave their trash, tissues and condoms behind and make the place unpleasant for other people and the wildlife.
I agree that the marshes should be left alone. But leaving them alone means leaving them alone. People should go there but should tread far more lightly. There should be no more of these naive fake 'green' art tables, poetry trail and mural projects - designed to soften the public up for the disneyfication of the area. Year after year the paths become wider and more permanent and the plant life more and more overmanaged and artificial. The trouble is, everyone thinks their well-meaning encroachment is an exception or an improvement, but all they do is encourage others to degrade the area. Only two days ago there were people openly camping there - pretending to be lovers of the wildlife in the area but actually turning it into an eyesore. The marshes are regularly covered in littter and many of the remoter bushes are used by people (predominately, but not exclusively gay) engaging in sexual activities: they leave their trash, tissues and condoms behind and make the place unpleasant for other people and the wildlife. Techno3
  • Score: 3

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